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On Sport and Society

2016

Arete, Sport and Society, American Sport History, Cassius Clay, Muhammad Ali, Biographies, Boxing, Olympics, Civil rights, Vietnam War, Conformity

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Ali, Richard C. Crepeau Jun 2016

Ali, Richard C. Crepeau

On Sport and Society

Looking back on this remarkable life, it seems to me that Muhammad Ali changed nearly everything. He and I are nearly the same age and so our lives ran in parallel paths that seldom crossed but often swept across similar territory. Ali in full public view, a hero and a villain, to different people at different times, he was often both, at one and the same time. Where you sat in time and space and in the American social and political landscape shaped how you viewed this remarkable bellwether of American life.